Saturday, July 31, 2010

Aflac Iron Girl Racine: Pictures and Thoughts

Well, I can hardly believe that another Aflac Iron Girl is done!  This weekend has been a whirlwind, and it's not even noon on Saturday yet.  After some flight difficulties on the way here, I finally made it to the last hour of the expo last night.  My alarm went off early this morning, and I was up and at 'em, cheering, clapping, listening, and being inspired.

The day broke damp and chilly, but that didn't dampen the spirits of over 300 women that were racing the triathlon this morning.  The top three finishers represented were 43, 52, and 32!!  I love it!  Three decades of strong, fit women!!

This race got my blood pumping for next week when I will get to cross the Aflac Iron Girl finish line in Syracuse! Stay tuned for another great webisode that will be up later this week, and enjoy the pictures.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wonderful You Wednesday

Today has just been one of those days.  I tried to pack too many things into not enough time, and I feel like I didn't do any of it well.  Do you ever have those days?

I'm doing a lot these days, and some days I think I just get totally overwhelmed with everything that is going on.  Right now I am supposed to be at Masters Swim, because I couldn't go on Monday night because I was playing with the Syracuse Symphony (yeah...I always forget that in my real life I am a professional musician too).  But I am not swimming.  I decided that if I didn't go to swim tonight, I would totally buckle down and get things done.

And I am.

Kind of.

I just ordered 250 Trimommylife Enterprises business cards.  Great, but alas, not on my list of things to do.

I just checked my email.  Again.  I am a woman obsessed.

I just checked out my Twitter feed.  Again.

Okay.  I really am going to get something done.

Are you wondering about the title of this post yet?  This was my actual point in blogging tonight, beyond casting all my woes of stress and business upon you.  Beginning today, I am officially calling Wednesdays at Trimommylife "Wonderful You Wednesday."  I've been feeling like a lot of people, me especially, need a gentle, or not-so-gentle, reminder that we are wonderfully and beautifully made.  So, I am going to feature a series of guest posts from friends, here and afar, that center on body image and self-esteem.  This has really been heavy on my heart for the past few weeks for many reasons, and I hope you, my readers, will enjoy the posts to follow.

If you would be interested in writing a guest post for a Wonderful You Wednesday, please shoot me an email.

Have a wonderful evening, and remember that you are wonderfully made.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Winners of the Anti Monkey-Butt Giveaway!

Congrats to

Suzy said...

7 in the post + 1 title.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

YMCA Cato Tri and the Nuu-Muu Giveaway Winner

I have chosen a winner.  Well, actually, chose the winner.  I'll get to that in a minute.

First, I just want to tell you about my amazing day.  Today, I helped organize and run the first annual YMCA Cato Training Tri.  It was a 400 yard pool swim, 8.3 mile bike, and 1.5 mile run.  Fifteen beautifully fit and strong women participated and every one of them finished with a smile on her face.

It was a hot and humid day, and I was a little worried about rain, but the rain held off.  Almost everything went off without a hitch, and the hitch we did have was not a big one.  

Here are a few thoughts from the day:
  • I am so proud of each and every woman who finished today.  
  • I am surprised at the fierceness of my feelings for them.  I knew I would be proud, but I had no idea I would feel so connected to every person who crossed the line.
  • I loved every minute and am amazed that this is called a "job."
  • I cannot wait until next year to do it again.
  • This makes me appreciate race directors so much more.  We just had 15 participants.  I can't even begin to imagine what it must be like to put together a huge race with hundreds of racers.
  • It was a joy to watch and not race.

Congratulations, Ladies!!  You are triathletes!!

And now on to the Nuu-Muu winner...

Alexa said...

I am a follower of your blog already! does that count?

Friday, July 23, 2010

Trimommy's Adventures in Parenting

So, it's been a crazy week in the Trimommy house.  First we had the tree-climbing scare. friends are still calling me about that one!

Then, yesterday I come home to find the bathroom garbage can on the kitchen counter with a note underneath it that says, "Which child did this?"  I look inside the garbage can, that sits right next to the toilet, and it was full of pee. read that right.  One of my children decided that it would be much better to pee in the garbage can than in the toilet.

Actually, this is not the first time this has happened.  A couple of  months ago, Ryan (age 7) admitted to doing this very thing.  So when he said he didn't do it, I believed him.  That left my angelic Noah (age 4).  I asked him, and although his face told me he was absolutely the one who did it, his mouth denied the crime with an emphatic, "No."

Hmmm...I gave him a second chance, reminding him what the punishment is in our house for lying....and he says no again, with a little less punch.

Yeah...I've got a lying, pee-in-the-garbage-can child on my hands.

I let Daddy deal with the punishment, since I cleaned out the can.

Then today, Kel comes down and says, "Look what I found on Noah's floor."  He has in his hand at least 10 cough drop wrappers.  Noah, who has been complaining of a stomach ache, admits that he ate them today when he woke up from his nap.  (In case you were wondering, the cough drops were in the hall closet where we have a hanging storage area.  Clearly, Noah is either tall enough or sneaky enough to reach them.  Although it doesn't matter anymore, because he ate all of them.)

I said, "Noah, you can't eat these.  You could choke!"

He replies to me, "I know.  I choked on one of them."


So between my tree-climber son and my sneaky-eater, lying, pee-in-the-garbage can son, I'm afraid my hair is just a little bit grayer tonight!

CSN Stores $40 Gift Certificate GIVEAWAY!!

Okay...are you getting tired of the giveaways, yet??  If I had been thinking this through, I might have called it the Trimommy Giveaway Bonanza or something like that.  But, alas, I did not, so you'll just have to be satisfied with another giveaway.

This one is a $40 gift certificate to any of the CSN Online Stores.  You can find just about anything like things for your dining room, a jogging stroller, possibly, maybe a yoga mat, or even an espresso machine.  Clearly if you are using the jogging stroller, you need some yoga, and most definitely some caffeine!!  There are over 200 stores where you could pick something!!

Here's what you can do to enter.  Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

  1. Hop over to the CSN site, and tell me which store you would shop in.  Leave a comment.
  2. Become a follower of this blog.  Leave a comment.
  3. Tweet, blog or facebook about this giveaway.  Leave a comment.
Don't forget about my other giveaways:
  • Nuu-Muu Dress Giveaway ends today!
  • Not very many entries yet for the Anti Monkey-Butt Powder guys are missing out!!  I've had a lot of questions about what, exactly, monkey butt is.  So, straight from the Anti-Monkey Butt website, here you go:  "It's a term used by motorcycle riders to describe the soreness, itching and redness that occurs when you ride and sweat on a motorcycle for hours.  If you have to walk bowlegged like a monkey to prevent your skin from rubbing, you have Monkey Butt!  Anti Monkey Butt Powder is specially formulated to absorb excess sweat and reduce frictional skin irritation. It is Ideal for butt busting activities such as truck driving, motorcycling, bicycling, horse back riding, and extreme sports. May also be applied inside footwear, under sports pads, and other areas prone to chafing. Indoors or outdoors, work or play, or on occasions when you sit on your butt all day, don’t let your buns get red, use Anti Monkey Butt Powder instead!"

Thursday, July 22, 2010


I've written before about my struggles with body image, weight and food.  First let me say, I will readily admit that my "struggles" are not even close to what I know many women go through on a daily basis.  But, I know I'm not where I want to be when it comes to my diet, as well as my attitude towards food.

I was lucky enough to get to talk these things over with Christine, a.k.a. Holistic Guru, and she really helped guide me towards some great ways to finally make peace with my diet and with food.

The first thing is mindfulness.  As a busy trimommy, coach, flutist, wife...the list goes on, I often just inhale my food when I get a free minute.  The problem with this is I get absolute no satisfaction from eating that way.  In fact, sometimes I don't even remember I ate something!  Than I feel like I didn't eat lunch or whatever and eat more. Likewise, if I have a "treat" that I usually would feel guilty about, I eat it mindlessly because I don't want to admit that I am "cheating," as it were.  This often leads to a downward spiral of overeating and emotional eating.

So what to do about that?  Well, I am trying to be more mindful of my eating.  I take the time to enjoy the food and the surroundings and the moment that I am eating, rather than just eat it as fast as I can.  I've been trying to think about how good the food tastes while I'm eating it, so I don't have to overeat.  There are times when I still am rushing, but I acknowledge that as well.  All in all, it's been very eye-opening to me.  In the past two days of applying this I have seen where I would often just have something because I was in a certain situation, or it was a certain time of day, even if I wasn't hungry.  I have also enjoyed my food so much more.

The other thing Christine said to me that was so fantastic was this:
The perfect diet is a diet that is flexible.  Find perfection in imperfection.

In other words, understand that a treat every now and then is something to rejoice in and be grateful for, not something to cause guilt.  Everyone falls of the wagon.  Accept that and understand that it's okay, but it will just take a little more effort to get back on again.  Enjoy the moments of indulgence, and be mindful of what makes those moments special.

I do believe I eat very healthy, but I also know I have a ways to go to reach balance.  That is what I'm working on.

Monday, July 19, 2010

High Quality Parenting

Tonight we were all outside.  Kel was grilling and I was sweeping massive amounts of acorns off the deck.  The boys were playing happily in the backyard, literally about 50 feet away from us.

All of a sudden Kel says to me, "Look at Ryan."

And this is what I saw...

Um...yeah...that is my first born son 30 feet high in a tree.  Of course we told him to wait there so I could get the camera (note title of post...)

Here's a close-up...a little blurry because this was taken right after Ryan says, "Oops, I slipped a little."

Of course, after we took the pictures we told him to come down.  He says, "It's okay, I have a really good grip!"

Anti Monkey-Butt Review and Giveaway

Do you have monkey butt??

A PR person for Anti Monkey-Butt Powder recently contacted me about doing a review and giveaway of their products.  Soon after, I got a care package with Anti Monkey-Butt Powder, Lady Anti Monkey-Butt Powder, an array of Rohto Eye Drops, and some Certain Dri Anti-Perspirant.

As a triathlete, all of these things come in handy at one point of the day or another.  I took on my job of reviewing very seriously.  First test was of the Lady Anti Monkey-Butt Powder.  I used it with a pair of bike shorts.  I rode outside about an hour and a half, took a little break, and then hopped on the trainer for a little more fun.  I really liked the powder.  It smelled good, I had no chafing or hot spot issues beyond the typical hot spots that come with riding over an hour.  It washed out of my shorts easily and didn't leave any residue behind.  One thing I did not like was as I sweated I got a little ring of white around the outside of my shorts where the chamois pad is.  Not particularly attractive, but I was wearing bike shorts, so I can't really be too picky.  Overall, I liked it.  I was surprised at how well it worked since I usually use Aquaphor which is really thick.  I would definitely use it again.

Next up was the original Anti Monkey-Butt Powder.  I'm not sure how much of a difference there is between the two, but after using the original for a three hour ride on Saturday, I can say I prefer the Lady Anti Monkey-Butt Powder.  It just felt better, although maybe for a man, the original would be just fine.

I have also been using the Rohto Eye Drops which are known for their signature tingly sensation.  Their are different levels of cooling, cool, arctic and ice, as well as the lubricating Hydra drops. The PR person who sent me them warned me that the arctic and ice can be "intense".  Well, let me say after using the cool and checking out some youtube videos of the "Rohto Experience" I will stick with the cool and the hydra.  I don't typically use eye drops since I wear contacts, and these advise not using if you are wearing contacts, so I've been dropping a couple of drops in my eyes in the morning.  I like the cooling sensation.  It's a real eye-opener for the a.m. ( could I resist?).

I have also been using the Certain Dri Anti-Perspirant for the past three days.  I was skeptical of this because it doesn't contain any deodorant, only very strong anti-perspirant.  The premise is that if the anti-perspirant is doing its job, you won't need a deodorant to cover up the odor.  The directions say to put it on at night, and that it lasts up to 72 hours!!  I have to tell you it was very hard for me to not put on deodorant after my a.m. shower, but I haven't and I don't stink!  I think I might be a convert!

Now, I know you are all itching to get your hands on these great products, so I am giving away two gift packs that will contain the Anti Monkey-Butt Powder (you pick which kind), Rohto Eye Drops and some Certain Dri.  Here's how you can enter - please leave a separate comment for each entry.

  1.  Tell me how many times I wrote Anti Monkey-Butt in the post. Leave a comment.
  2. Tell me a great monkey butt story.  Leave a comment.
  3. Become a follower of @AntiMonkeyButt on Twitter.
  4. Tweet, blog or Facebook about this giveaway.  Leave a comment.
  5. Become a fan of Anti Monkey-Butt Powder on Facebook.  Leave a comment.
Good luck!!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Sunday Report

Holy Batman!!!  You guys love the Nuu-Muu Dress giveaway!!  I also just wanted to say Holy Batman because Noah has been really into Batman recently.  He wears his superhero cape and mask wherever and whenever I will let him...isn't it kind of him to ask??  If you haven't entered already, the Nuu-Muu giveaway will stay open until Friday.

I also have another giveaway coming up tomorrow.  It might have something to do with this.

Does anyone else feel like summer is just getting started, but it's almost over too??  I guess that's what I get for taking my vacation right after school gets out!  We went down to my in-law's camp on Cayuga Lake today and did a little open water swim.  It was a bit choppy but nice.  I had this grand idea that I might swim across the lake either later this summer or next summer. It's only 3.5 miles, and a neighbor even said they would loan us a kayak.  It got even grander when I decided Kel and I could bike around the lake one day (right around 100 miles) and then do the swim the next.  My ever-pragmatic husband just said, "we'll see."

Anyway, here is the week.  I'm back to running on the ground, not as much as I would like, but it's better than in the pool.

Swim:  1h 25m 3800 yds
Bike:  8h 4m 37s 119.62 mi - this is surprising...I don't remember being on my bike this much!!
Run:  1h 23m 9s 8.55 mi

Total:  10h 52m 47s - I hate it when I'm that close to another silly is that?

Happy training!

Saturday, July 17, 2010


  • this will have no capitals because i'm feeling a little bit streamy
  • i saw a fork and a top hat on the side of the road this morning...very strange...although it was a plastic fork which is less weird than if it were a real fork
  • i also saw one really nice running shoe...i felt sorry for the shoe, but not necessarily sorry for the person who lost do you lose one shoe, and on the side of the road?
  • i rode 50 miles this morning, and it felt great
  • sometimes i purposely avoid blogging because i don't want to really admit something by writing it down
  • i ate two of the most beautiful peaches this afternoon
  • they were so good, i turned the rest into peach cobbler that i ate with vanilla ice cream for dessert
  • i'm sure that other people think i am crazy about 87% of the time
  • i let noah wear his superhero cape and mask today while we ran errands...maybe this has something to do with the craziness
  • this morning on my ride i was moving along at a pretty quick pace, and i saw a car hidden in some tall grass and thought it was a police car...i instantly slowed down and my adrenaline was i was speeding and was about to get a ticket...i laughed out loud at myself
  • i'm quite jealous this very minute of  people who are racing in lake placid next weekend
  • i'm pretty sure our television was on all day with the exception of lunch and dinner...i even mentioned something about excessive tv watching...but the tv is still on
  • i sat for at least 2 minutes just now thinking of absolutely nothing
  • that's all

Friday, July 16, 2010

Nuu-Muu Review and Giveaway

Here we go...the beginning of several giveaways to celebrate running and summer!!  Woo-Hoo!!!

While at the Aflac Iron Girl Atlanta Expo, I came across these two beautiful women selling cute running dresses.

Cathy and her mother

I was totally taken with the different prints of the dresses, and they were flying off the racks!  I was able to chat with Cathy, and she told me all about the history of the company (started by two women, one of whom is a mommy as well.)  They are just expanding across the country, and offered to let me try a dress to review for my readers.

When I returned from beach, my Nuu-Muu running dress was waiting for me, so on Monday I took it out for a spin, in my spin class, of course!

I threw on a pair of tri-shorts underneath and went for it.  All of the people in my class loved it.  I had no issues with it riding up or being in the way of the seat, although, I don't think I would wear it on a real bike ride.  It is made of a really great material that wicks the sweat right away, but still stays nice and cool.

I had a really busy day, and went straight from spin at the Y to Ryan and Noah's swim lesson.  From there, I went home and kicked around the house with it on.  So comfy and cute at the same time.  When Kel got home, even he commented on how much he loved it and kindly took my picture:

I chose the Soiree print.

I went to Master's Swim Monday night, so I just put a suit on underneath and went straight there.  Pulled it back on after the swim, and then called it a day.  I threw it in the wash the next day, hung it to dry, and it was like new in no time.

Since it is a running dress, I thought for this to be a really good review I needed to run in it. So run I did (yay!!).  I wore it for a very hot and muggy 30 minute run last night, and loved it!  I had a swim suit on underneath, because I had just finished an open water coaching session with some of my clients, but in the future I would probably stick to wearing tri shorts underneath.  I loved, loved, loved how this dress felt, even in the sticky heat.  It kept me quite cool, and I really liked how it flipped while I ran, but didn't seem to get in the way of my stride.  I also liked how I don't have to keep pulling my top down as it slowly creeps up above my belly...come know what I'm talking about!  After my run, I even stopped into the grocery store, and I'm pretty sure a couple of very fit women were ogling my dress!!

Size-wise, I felt it was true-to-size based on the website's guide.  I chose a medium, which they call (M)arvelous, and my only complaint is that I felt it to be just a tad on the short side, since I am 5'8".  I'm not sure if I went with a large if it would be any longer.  Other than that, it gently skimmed my mommy-like curves (or lack thereof), and I felt cute and feminine, which is always a plus.

They also have matching little girl sizes, which makes me incredibly jealous of everyone who has a daughter.  Ahh...some things in life just aren't matter how much I love my boys!

Bottom line...I want more!!

And now I'm sure you want one too!!  So, Nuu-Muu has kindly offered to give away a dress to one of my readers!!  There are several ways to enter.  Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

  1. Become a follower of this blog. Leave a comment
  2. Check out the Nuu-Muu website and leave a comment telling me which Nuu-Muu dress you would like most.
  3. Join the Team Nuu-Muu Facebook page. Leave a comment.
  4. Follow me on Twitter - @TrimommyKelly.  Leave a comment
  5. Tweet, blog or facebook about this giveaway.  Leave a comment.
I will randomly choose a winner on Friday, July 23!! 

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Let's Celebrate

I feel like having a celebration.  I've been in a slight funk, almost certainly caused by my lack of any real running.  I'm sorry, all of you aqua-jogging junkies, it's not bad, but, for me, it just doesn't cut it!

BUT, today, I ran 20 whole minutes outside, on the road, real running!!  WOOT!  Coach Mary told me if I could do three sets of eccentric calf raises with no pain, I could run today.  And run I did, for 20 whole minutes. My achilles were a little stiff for the first 1/2 mile, but then they loosened up and felt great!  I am a little stiff tonight, so I will be icing a bit later on.  I think I'm just really going to have to baby my feet if I want to keep up with my running.

So, running is a good reason to have a celebration, right!! shall we celebrate?

How about some giveaways???

I have three awesome giveaways coming at you in the next few days!  Here are some hints as to what they might be:

You can wear a couple of them.
Some might cool you off.
You might be able to eat of one of them.
You definitely have lots of choices.

I'm also going to partner up with  If you love giveaways, you should totally check this site out.  They post giveaway from all over the blog world.

Stay tuned!!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Sunday Report

Well, we made it back yesterday, and all of us were alive despite spending 13+ hours in the car together.  I now have to begin a diet soda detox program tomorrow!!  I drank more diet sodas last week than I have in the previous year total!!  I'm not sure what came over me.

Anyway, training was hit and miss because, well, we were on vacation.  I'm trying not to feel guilty about it, but I just can't help it.

Here are the numbers:

Bike:  2h 35m 52s 41.38 mi
Swim:  40m Open Water Swim
Run:  58m pool jogging
Strength:  20m

Total:  4h 33m 52s

I'll just consider myself totally and completely recovered, minus my nagging  heel issues.  Still working on that one, hence the strength work.

Here are a few more beach pics from our trip.  Much more interesting than my lack of training this week!!

Thank God we talked him out of getting these...I can just imagine what his 2nd grade teacher would say when he wore them on the first day of school!

Silly boys...

Have a great week!!

Friday, July 9, 2010

A Week at the Beach, part 1

Well, the week is coming to a close.  I've not blogged once, and even though I feel a little bit guilty, it was nice to unplug a little.   We had a little bit of everything.  So much so, that I'll give it to you in two parts.  Enjoy!

There were pirates...

and fish...

lots of fish...

quality grandpa time...

some history...



lots of smiles...

and, most importantly, memories.

Friday, July 2, 2010

June in Numbers

I can't believe it's July already?  Where is the summer going?  I'm sitting here in my kitchen this morning, and both of my children are still in bed.  I've already gotten a load of laundry done and made my smoothie and coffee.  Usually I stay in bed until they get up, around 7 or 7:30, but I'm kind of liking this little alone time.  I might just have to make a habit out of this!

Since Rev3 Quassy, I've lost a little bit of steam.  The heels of both my feet have been bothering me enough to take a little bit of time off running.  I've been aqua-jogging, which is not bad, but it's not running.  I'm hoping a little bit of rest will set me up nicely for the rest of the season.  I'm about 1 month out from Aflac Iron Girl Syracuse, and I really want to do well at the race for obvious reasons.

Here are the numbers for June:

Swim:  7h 24m 39s 20,614 yards
Bike:  24h 3m 5s 306.87 miles
Run:  6h 48m 3s 23.1 miles (time includes quite a bit of aqua-jogging)

Total:  38h 15m 47s

Not too shabby considering that I've taken it easy since Rev3.

We are off to the Outer Banks tomorrow!  Woo-hoo!!  I'm taking my bike and my wetsuit, so I should have some fun adventures to report!  Happy 4th of July!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Aflac Iron Girl Atlanta Webisode

The webisode from Aflac Iron Girl Atlanta is up.  Click this link to check it out!

Here are a few facts from the event at Atlanta:

Number of Finishers: 969

Average Age: 39 years old

Youngest: 14 years old

Oldest: 69 years old (!!!! I want this to be me when I grow up!!)

Out of State Finishers: 32 states represented

Aflac Team Courage: 28 participants (You are survivors!)

I'll be heading to Aflac Iron Girl Racine, Wisconsin on July 31.  Registration is still open, so all you mid-west ladies get on it!!  I'll see you there!